Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outdoor AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you are in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your expert technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek professional help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, verify there are no indications of damage and remove any debris from around the system. Try to examine and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 605-223-0307 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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